'Steve Jobs' Movie Pulled From Over 2,000 Theaters After Flopping at Box Office

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The new Steve Jobs film faced another disappointing box office performance this past weekend, with the Danny Boyle-directed movie dropping more than 69 percent in profit from the previous weekend to a $823,000 weekend gross. Most surprising, however, is the movie's removal from 2,072 theaters across the country in one single weekend, after initially premiering in 2,411 just over three weeks ago (via Cult of Mac).


    When the film was in limited release and preparing to go wide on October 23, the projections for its debut box office weekend were between $15 and $19 million. According to Box Office Mojo, to date, the overall lifetime gross of Steve Jobs is just hitting the projections for its opening weekend: $16,684,073. In the two weeks the movie was in a limited run in Los Angeles and New York, it displayed impressive numbers, earning the fifteenth spot as the highest grossing per-theater average film in movie history.

    Unfortunately, when Steve Jobs debuted wide, it earned only the 7th spot at the weekend box office with about a $7.3 million take in its first three days. The disappointment of the film's performance is in direct contradiction to a bevy of positive reviews, even ones that hinted at Oscar nominations for Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet over a month before the movie released.

    Currently, Steve Jobs sits at 85 percent on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with a total of 156 positive reviews to 27 negative. With the holiday movie season kicking into gear after a slow October at the box office, it seems that Universal has ditched its initial plan of a word-of-mouth build-up for the movie. If Oscar talk continues for its stars, there's a possibility it could return to a few more theaters closer to the awards show.

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  2. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    Can't say I'm surprised. I never understood who the target market for this movie was.
  3. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  5. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    We all still remember Steve Jobs and it's becoming clear this film is a complete misrepresentation of his life story. While I think they captured the character Steve Jobs, the glaring inaccuracies really hurt the reviews.
  6. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2010
    DVD? Try Netflix.
    I'm not sure what the big fuzz is all about, to me this is mostly overrated. The only time I have seen any news about this movie is on macrumors. And personally I have no desire to watch this movie...
  7. DadBod630 Suspended

    Oct 13, 2015
    They greatly overestimated the interest in a Steve Jobs movie. Which is too bad because it was a really good movie.
  8. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Oh, so they are pissed their little plan didn't work. So bitter! They are already losing money...may as well let it stay in theaters until New Years at least.
  9. iPad Air macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2013
    SC, USA
  10. ~HavoK macrumors member


    Apr 24, 2015
    Harsh. I never got around to seeing the movie although it looked really good.

    I think the public is too inundated with Steve Jobs movies that it doesn't feel it needs to see another one, even if it's a compelling dramatization, not a boring documentary.
  11. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    This was a main=stream propaganda "bone", paying a few precious people to keep them busy between other projects.

    This film was slammed together quickly and shoved out without care. It's a series of corridors, through Jobs' life, with people yelling at each other about things most audiences don't hold significant. Much hope was heaped on this, but it had all the hallmarks of flop.
  12. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I enjoyed the movie, even with all of its inaccuracies. But perhaps the public was simply burned out on Jobs, with two other recent movies on the subject. I assume this will put a stop to anyone else who was considering making a story about him ... except of course for the upcoming opera.
  13. cburton macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    Would think a movie like this would have very little interest outside tech circles. Appears to have been the case.
  14. venomgt95 macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2014
  15. Fabian90 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2013
    Bonn, Germany
    I won't watch it because people who knew Steve think that it's not good and doesn't do him justice.
  16. Craigwilliam macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2012
    Movie studios need to get back into seeing things long term, with digital projection it shouldn't be that much more to keep the movie in cinemas. I guess I'm just annoyed because this no doubt will have a negative affect on the New Zealand release and will likely have a limited at best screening.
  17. ryanasimov macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2007
    Too long after his death, inaccuracies, and while Fassbender is a fantastic actor he looks nothing like Steve Jobs. Add these together and you get a movie that has no mass audience appeal.
  18. Craigwilliam macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2012
    Those people didn't actually see the movie, Tim Cook criticised it until he got a screening of the film and then immediately shut up about it.
  19. dianajp macrumors newbie


    Nov 9, 2015
    I liked the movie.

    Personally, I think they screwed up with the limited release. It got all the press on the limited release opening, and most places (like Phoenix, where I was on vacation, or HNL, where I live) you could not see the movie for another two weeks. By the time they went wide with it, it lost all its opening press momentum.
  20. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    I get the feeling there won't be many Oscar or Golden Globe nods for this flop of a movie.
  21. DadBod630 Suspended

    Oct 13, 2015
    News to me.
  22. dianajp macrumors newbie


    Nov 9, 2015
    Or you could think for yourself.
  23. MacLawyer macrumors demi-god


    Aug 1, 2009
    I actually enjoyed the movie, even though the subject was a totally fictionalized version of Jobs. The acting was good. It's an intelligent work of fiction.
  24. whirldy macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2011
    Those easily prone to disinformation? Alas!
  25. markniagara macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    The biggest problem was how they rolled out the film. Lots of people had heard about it many weeks ago, and wanted to see it, but it wasn't at their local theatre. Then when it finally was, the hype had already died. What a screw up, it was a good movie.

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